Perhaps You Shouldn’t Blog!

We all have different motivations for blogging. Some of us blog for the fun of it. Others do it as part of an enterprise. And the rest of us often do it for the cash. But whatever your reasons are, don’t feel obligated to continue blogging. If you blog is not meeting your goals, or if it is not as fun as it used to be, it might be time to throw in the towel.

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You Know That You Should Quit If…

Here are 4 tell-tale signs that it might be time to closeup shop.

1. You Have Nothing To Write About.

All of us have occasional bouts of writer’s block. But sometimes it can be prolonged, lasting several days, weeks, or even months. If you can’t produce any new content for your blog it may mean that it is time to say farewell.

Of course, you could pursue other options for getting content for your blog, or generate new ideas by broadening the topics on which you write.

2. Your Blog Is Too Expensive To Maintain.

Blogging can be very costly, especially if you’ve opted for professional web services. And if your blog is not generating any revenue or bringing in new leads, you might find that it is an unrealistic expense.

But before you go and pull the plug, you should know that many blogs are built and maintained on less than $10 per month. So if you are willing to roll up your sleeves and do-it-yourself, you’ll be able to stretch your budget and sustain your web presence.

3. It’s Not Fun Anymore.

Most bloggers will tell you that blogging is fun, and it is a great way to express yourself and meet others. But if you dread the idea of publishing new content and aren’t getting anymore enjoyment, STOP!

Of course, you might just need a break. Just recently, for example, popular blogger Jason Calcanis announced his retirement. However, within a few short weeks, he was back at it. So feel free to take a break and see if you yearn to return.

4. Your Blog Is Extremely Time-Consuming.

Creating a successful blog takes a lot of time and effort. In fact, some of the most successful blogs on the web are run by fulltime bloggers. So it is normal to feel like you need more time to manage it. However, if you find that blogging is getting addictive, and you feel like it is slowly taking control of your life, you might need to stop blogging.

 

Personally, I think that everyone should have a blog. But as Lorelle mentions in her article "How to Know When to Stop Blogging", "Remember, blogging is for everyone, but not everyone should be blogging."

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19 Responses to “Perhaps You Shouldn’t Blog!”

  • Blogging Tips January 5, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Blogging is for everyone, but not everyone should be blogging.

    I’m loving this quote. I agree completely with you, especially on #3. When blogging is no longer a fun thing to do and the money is only dripping, ask yourself if it’s time to call it quit.

    If you don’t enjoy what you do, everything else becomes a chore.

    • Velvet Blues January 6, 2009 at 12:48 pm

      That is true. You know, its somewhat funny that this post is titled Perhaps You Shouldn’t Blog! and your blog is named Thou Shall Blog. :-)

  • stratosg January 6, 2009 at 4:39 am

    yah i would have to agree on the third one too. it is supposed to be fun. if it’s not then it’s not blogging…

    • Velvet Blues January 6, 2009 at 6:23 am

      That’s another good quote. Btw, I am totally going to do a review on BloggerBuddy. I’ve completely fallen in love with it.

      • stratosg January 6, 2009 at 8:23 am

        i’ll be glad! actually as i said i am happy that someone else other than me is using it. as for blogging, fun and companies i see the need for a blog but even then i have seen excellent company blogs that are more fun to read than others (for instance the meebo blog)…

  • Jen January 6, 2009 at 5:37 am

    I agree with you on one hand. On the other I think that if you are looking at blogging as a way to build your primary business it will take a little time to get into before it becomes fun, before you learn the tricks to make it not expensive, and before new ideas flow regularly. As blogging is becoming a way for a lot of marketers to brand themselves and to use attraction marketing but like any other skill it is not necessarily comfortable at first.

    • Velvet Blues January 6, 2009 at 12:48 pm

      Yes, sometimes it is rather compulsory when using it to complement a business. But even then, it really shouldn’t be a chore. And yes, it probably is not as fun as it should be if it is costing you money and not ‘paying for itself’. So “learning the tricks” is so important.

  • Ajith Edassery | DollarShower January 6, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Dang… I just linked similar post of mine (perhaps influenced one :lol: ) in my latest post.

    Btw, lorrel’s link in the post seems to be malformed URL!

    • Velvet Blues January 6, 2009 at 4:18 pm

      Thanks for the tip. Lorelle’s link is working now.

      As for you post, I just checked it out. Perhaps I should be linking to you as well. :-)

  • Wei Liang | Earn Money Online January 6, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    I have done a few blogging coaching before and I realize some of the bloggers actually keep on blogging because the love the process of seeing their blog grow even though they are not making a single cent online.

    I remember I chance upon a statistics that more than 50% of the bloggers are geared towards the goal of making money online. I am not sure how accurate the data is but this proves that many just jump into the bandwagon as a sake of experimenting. This is the group that should read this article and know when to stop blogging.

    Well written piece of advice Shirly.

    Wei Liang

    • Velvet Blues January 6, 2009 at 7:31 pm

      Yes, a lot of us do blog for the fun of it, regardless of how much (or little) money is made. ;-) Those are usually the most enjoyable blogs to read.

      As for the 50% statistic, I would have thought that it would be higher. Either way, there is nothing wrong with using money as a motivation, but there should probably be some other reason for blogging as well.

    • stratosg January 7, 2009 at 3:00 am

      I would have to agree with Wei Liang. I tried making some money at some point that didn’t work out. Either way my first priority when blogging is having fun.

  • Commentluv January 6, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    ….proves that many just jump into the bandwagon as a sake of experimenting

    I figure I belong nicely into this group of people but that was in 2008. Now it’s time to put things into action. Did I stop blogging? No way…. at least not now.

    Yan

  • Kurt Avish January 8, 2009 at 3:18 am

    “”Remember, blogging is for everyone, but not everyone should be blogging.”

    Thats a real truth lol. I always considers blogs who have not been updated for more than 2 weeks as DEAD. When I like a blog, I always bookmark it to come back again… but at time when I see that for weeks it still like what it was when i first came…. Bubye blog :P

    Well till now my blogs are not expensive and still lot fun so I keep blogging :-)

    • Velvet Blues January 8, 2009 at 5:31 am

      Yes its funny how things are on the net. Everyone needs current information. But there are so many quality blogs that have great posts, and they only update a couple of times a month. One blog that I like, and wish would publish more frequent updates is: http://www.skelliewag.org/

  • Nihar January 9, 2009 at 6:04 am

    If your family life is being disturbed, then also you should stop blogging.

  • Kim Woodbridge January 12, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    I haven’t blogged much since the holidays. I don’t think I should quit but I wasn’t in the right mental space to write any articles. I actually felt guilty about it. I wrote my first new article last night and it was hard to get started.

    I do think people should stop if they aren’t enjoying it – we already have to do too many things in life that we don’t enjoy doing.

    • Velvet Blues January 12, 2009 at 5:43 pm

      Oh no, we wouldn’t want you to quit. I’ve already started to rely on your (Anti) Social Lists, not to mention a regular assortment of great articles. :-)

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